Barcelona: Catalonia Capital

Hola my friends and family! I have finally left Portugal. I’ve only been gone for a couple nights but already I know I’ll be going back! Such a beautiful country. Anyways, I took an overnight train to Madrid then a … Continue reading

Rainy day in Porto, Portugal

I decided a while ago that I wanted to go to Porto. The TBU conference was held here this year, and after reading many positive reviews I knew I would probably love it.
Unfortunately, many people in Lisbon looked at me like I was crazy when I sai I wanted to spend 3 days there. ‘You’ll be bored after two’ was the common response.
I refused to be discouraged.
I took an evening train from Lisbon (30 euro, a bus is 19 euro and has wifi) and got into Porto around 10 o’clock. It was dark and it was raining. Considering I have seen very little rain so far during my trip, I was a bit disappointed. Then, I had a hard time figuring out the transit system.
I felt lost. I had also just left some of the most amazing friends in Lisbon, so I was feeling lonely. But, I refuse to have another massive cell-phone bill (read more about that here).
I found my way to The Spot Hostel in about an hour, but only after arriving at the quietest metro ever! I was petrified!

I got a good nights rest, and woke up the next day determined to explore no matter what the weather.
First, I had to go buy shoes. I left my hikers in Lisbon as I only brought a small bag for this portion of my trip. Silly girl. That’s okay though, I needed to buy more regular looking shoes anyway. I ended up buying a 25 euro pair of casual sneakers, an 8 euro umbrella, and 5 pairs of socks for 7 euro. Not too bad!
Then, I headed to the famous Majestic Cafe on Rue Santa Catarina.


It has been open since 1923, not having changed it’s interior since then. It was truly beautiful, and a nice break from the rain.
But, be warned, it is expensive! I had already been wandering around though, and needed a small bite too since the hostel served ham and cheese and bread for breakfast (fail!).
I decided to treat myself to an American style coffee and some scones with cream and jam. Healthy? Nope. But it was the least expensive thing on the menu.
Oh my, was it ever delicious. The scones were served hot, the jam came in a small glass jar, and the cream was so sweet. Heaven.


After, I headed a street over to the Marcado do Bolhão. It was what I expected: butchers, fresh fish stands, fruits and veggies and flower shops.


And then a pleasant surprise: a store selling vegan/vegetarian food! I have been pleasantly surprised in Portugal with all of the vegan alternatives and how readily available they are!


Armed with my umbrella, new shoes and a full stomach, I headed back to the hostel to pick up Andy (met him at Gspot he came along to Porto). We decided to head out and explore and grab some food. Thankfully the rain let up so despite the lack of sun it was warm and we were dry.
We saw some sights and got lost in the smaller streets of Porto. We walked by a restaurant and the woman saw us looking at the menu and invited us in. She was so pleasant! I had bacalhaul braga and it was excellent! It doesn’t look like much much believe me it was yummy!


For a glass of wine, my meal, some starter codfish thing (?) and a coffee I paid 8 euro! Not bad!
Next we just wandered down to the water front and took some photos. I wandered into a touristy port/olive shop and was very tempted to make a purchase! But I’m going to wait for the port tasting.






So far, I’m really enjoying Porto. The weather obviously makes it a bit more difficult to enjoy it, but so far I love the alternativeness of it. It’s less touristy, and I’m excited to visit the rua Miguel Bombarda area! Art galleries, cafes and book stores!
For those of you who know Alberta at all, Lisbon is the Calgary of Portugal, while Porto is like Edmonton. I think Porto is best appreciated over time, when you’ve had a chance to find the quirky cafes and hidden gems.

Hola Lisbon, Portugal

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First impression of Lisbon (Lisboa): just another big city. BUT, after less than 24 hours in the city I realized that Lisbon is described as one of the best cities in Europe for several reasons. My hope is that by … Continue reading

Getting lost in Sevilla, Spain

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Hola from Sevilla! Good news: I finally feel better! Not-so-good-news: it was a cold day here in Sevilla with clouds (20 degrees is cold here). But because of my new-found energy I decided to go exploring today. Four hours later … Continue reading

Vegan in Seville, Spain

I am so excited!
I just had some of the BEST vegan baked goods EVER!

Welcome to Veganitessen located in an indoor market at c/ pastor y Landero s/n Puesto 32.
I looked it up on Happycow and read about it on a few other travel-veg blogs and immediately became excited.
My best-friend is Vegan, and if you browse through my site you can find some really yummy recipes!
Anyways, VEGAN BAKERY IN SEVILLE, was super awesome! And the woman there is lovely, and despite the language barrier I managed to ask her: ?Donde esta el supermercado? Por vegan y tofu?
And, she kindly wrote down the name and address of the place!
Anyways: the food was fantastic! The boys had a chocolate croissant. Sherry from Australia had some delicious cocoa – coconut topped deliciousness.


Doesn’t it all look delicious!? And 100% vegan!

I had a Limon y demillio de anrola.

Moist, dense and not too sweet. I also bought a Donuts rellenos which looks like a chocolate covered donut.

I saved the donut for the hostel and shared it with the group. It was similar to a Boston Cream, with a custard filling on the inside. It sadly wasn’t very fresh/really dry, so although it was yummy, my fellow non-vegan friends at the hostel weren’t that impressed. Oh well! I also got a chai tea and this is what it cost:
Limon y demillio de anrola 1.99
Donuts rellenos 1.75
Chai tea 1.80
Total 5.54 euros!
Relatively inexpensive!

Needless to say, I will be going back there! I always wondered how people gained weight abroad. Now I know-bread, cheese, bread, pastries, bread, chocolate and more bread. Oh, and beer, wine, sangria, and beer.
So, if you’re in Seville, vegan or not, this is an inexpensive cafe. They also have a menu where they have breakfast items, including smoked tofu! What are you waiting for!? Get over to Seville RIGHT NOW!